Songs For Kids – Not Wheels On The Sodding Bus

When I was a kid, a long time ago now, rock bands used to make songs for kids.  Somehow psychedelia embraced the childish and the child-like .

The Beatles had “Yellow Submarine”, “Octopus’ Garden” (and more) and The Kinks “I’m an Apeman” and Pink Floyd has “Bike”.  David Bowie made the astonishing “The Laughing Gnome” (one of my absolute favourite songs of his). It somehow seemed, in the 70s that rock didn’t take itself too seriously and kids were somehow part of the whole music world. To me at least.

It seemed that musicals overlapped with Spike Milligan and the Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band and The Monkees. Something I’ve always liked.

So it always seems a mystery to me that “kid’s songs” collections would have “Wheels on the Bus”, a song I loathed as a kid.  So I always used to make tapes ( remember them ) for the car that had decent songs on, that were fun, and my kids grew up loving ( I hope ).

Some of these are simply pure nostalgia, some just because they’re totally fab ( like Crazy Horses ) but most have something of the child-like in them, and nobody goes to mow any meadows at all.


Toy Dolls ~ Nellie The Elephant
Summer Holiday ~ Cliff Richard
See You Later Alligator ~ Bill Haley & Comets
The Police ~ Walking On The Moon
Please Mr. Postman (1961) ~ The Marvelettes
Pink Panther Theme Song ~
Joe Dolce ~ Shaddap You Face
I Wanna Be Your Dog ~ The Stooges
I Like Bouncing 1981 ~ Not the Nine O’Clock News
I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch) ~ The four tops
I am a mole and I live in a hole ~
Hooray! Hooray! It’s a Holi-Holiday  ~ Boney M.
Foxy Lady ~ The Jimi Hendrix Experience
The Four Bucketeers – ‘The Bucket Of Water Song’ – 1980 ~ TISWAS
Don`t Jump Off The Roof Dad ~ Tommy Cooper
Combine Harvester ~ The Wurzels
Chirpy Chirpy Cheep Cheep – Totp 1971 ~ Middle of the Road
Brown Girl In the Ring ~ Boney M.
Bring Me Sunshine ~ Eric and Ernie
Betty Boo – Doin the Do ~ Betty Boo
Any Old Iron (1957) ~ Peter Sellers
I Taut I Taw a Puddy Tat ~ Tweety Pie
Ning Nang Nong (Edit) ~ Spike Milligan
One Way Or Another ~ Blondie
Windmill in Old Amsterdam ~ Max Bygraves
Dah Band – Jollity Farm ~ Bonzo Dog Doo
A-Bee Song 14 ~ Monty Python Eric The Half
Monty Python Lumberjack Song 03 ~ Monty Python
Be Back Soon ~ Oliver!
Max Bygraves ‘Pink Toothbrush’ ~ Max Bygraves
Little White Bull (1959) ~ Tommy Steele
Black Betty 1977 ~ Ram Jam
Oom Pah Pah ~ Oliver!
My Old Man’s a Dustman ~ Lonnie Donegan
Monty Python Always Look On The Bright Side Of Life 01 ~ Monty Python
The Goons ~ The Ying Tong Song
Thank you very much ~ The Scaffold
Children in Need 2004 ~ Tommy Steele: ‘Thank You Very Much’
You’ve Got To Pick A Pocket Or Two from the film Oliver! ~ Oliver!
My Ding-A-Ling (1972) ~ Chuck Berry
Sugar, Sugar ~ The Archies
Octopus’s Garden ~ The Beatles
I’m the Urban Spaceman ~ The Bonzo Dog Doo Dah Band
Hushabye Mountain ~ Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Play That Funky Music White Boy ~ KC & the Sunshine Band
Human Fly ~ Cramps
The Laughing Gnome ~ David Bowie
You Can Get It If You Really Want ~ Desmond Decker
Disney – Jungle Book – Bare ~ Disney
Everybody wants to be a cat ~ Disney
I Wanna Be Like You ~ Disney
I Feel Love ~ Donna Summers
High Hopes ~ Doris Day
Irish Rovers ~ Drunken Sailer
ABC ~ The Jackson Five
02 02 Lily The Pink ~ The Irish Rovers
Apeman ~ The Kinks
What Time Is Love? [LP Mix] ~ The KLF
Champion, The Wonder Horse (from the TV series) ~ Frankie Laine
Charlie Drake ~ My Boomerang Won’t Come Back
Under the Sea ~ The Little Mermaid
Can’t Get You Out Of My Head ~ Kylie Minogue
He’s The Greatest Dancer ~ Sister Sledge
We Are Family ~ Sister Sledge
These Boots Are Made for Walkin’ ~ Nancy Sinatra
Roadrunner ~ The Modern Lovers
I’m A Believer ~ The Monkees
The Gnu Song ~ Flanders and Swann
Bright Side ~ Monty Python
I Wanna Be A Fishy ~ The Orb
Bobby Darin: Splish Splash W/ ~ Bobby Darin
Spongebob Theme Song (WithLyrics) ~ Spongebob
Crazy Horses ~ Osmonds
Beatles – Yellow Submarine ~ Beatles
Down By The Water ~ PJ Harvey
The Hippopotamus Song (Live) ~ Flanders & Swann
My Brother ~ Terry Scott
Madness – Driving In My Car ~ Madness
Bobbidi-Boo (from Cinderella) ~ Bibbidi
Johnny Dankworth & His Orchestra ( 1961 ~ African Waltz
Bernard Cribbins, Right Said Fred Lego ~ Bernard Cribbins


…I’m still adding to this list. If there are any you think I’ve missed put ’em in the comments.


One thought on “Songs For Kids – Not Wheels On The Sodding Bus”

  1. I’d also add The Banana Boat song (Stan Freberg version that inspired the Trio advert) and “Hello Mudda, Hello Fadda, here I am at, Camp Grenada”. Also Trashmen/Cramps “Surfin bird” – isn’t a kid out there that doesn’t love the breakdown in the middle…

    No Smurfs? No Wombles? Chart-topping acts of their time, regardless of their merits. Then in turn they generated the Barron Knights Smurf parodies that I remember being much-loved in the playground.

    I think Star-Trekkin’ might be last of the genre I can remember. Or was it all killed by Mr. Blobby? Was Prince’s Alphabet Street the last in the line?

    Still, you never know what kids’ll fall in love with – at school my four year old did a picture of Stonehenge and when asked what the figures around it were replied “They’re the banshees that live there (and they do live well). *So proud*

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